01 Why should I take a training course from ICTG?

For several key reasons:
  1. 3 of our Trainers are members of the CSA infection control standard committee and are nationally and professionally recognized as subject matter experts.
  2. We not only have thorough knowledge and understanding of the CSA Standard, but also decades of real-world, practical experience on many health care facility projects in protecting occupants from infection risks associated with construction, renovation and maintenance projects
  3. Select Trainers are also infection control consultants on dozens of past and current projects.
  4. We help participants better understand the “theoretical” aspects of CSA Standard requirements, and teach them how to practically apply those requirements in real life situations.
  5. Our content and hands-on training experiences include both sensory (e.g. visual, touch) and tactile learning, to assist your “boots on the ground” workers in better understanding and applying infection prevention and control principles during their projects.
  6. Our training courses are cost effective. Your workers get back to work sooner. Total costs are approximately less than half that of CSA Group’s 2-day course.
  7. Our courses are designed for different stakeholders and speak to their role(s) and involvement in various health care facility projects; they are taught to understand and apply principles that they really need to make infection control practically work in the real world.
  8. We can customize and tailor our courses and information to your specific infection control training needs and objectives. We do not standardize our courses and teach the same information to different stakeholder groups.
  9. Our instructors are sought after-speakers at various infection control and related conferences across Canada and the USA.

02 Certification

Are you certified in infection control when you take and complete CSA Group’s infection control courses?

No you are not certified. Certification is not offered when you complete the 1-day or 2-day course. A participant only receives a “certificate of attendance” document. In addition, there is no competency exam or test that qualifies your understanding of the subject matter.

Does the CSA Group recognize training certification from ICTG?

Under Annex G of the 2017 CSA Standard, various stakeholders are recommended to take infection control training as “provided by the CSA Group, or equivalent, in the use and application of this Standard.” ICTG offers an “equivalent” level of infection control training (and certification) in the interpretation, use and practical application of industry-accepted infection control principles, as allowed by the 2017 CSA Standard.

Does ICTG provide training certification?

Yes. The majority of our training courses includes a carefully designed exam which tests your understanding in, and application of, the subject matter and related aspects regarding your work. A minimum passing mark of 80% is required to achieve certification.

03 Training Equivalency

Is certification training received from ICTG considered equivalent to training delivered by the CSA Group?

Yes. As indicated in Annex G (Informative) of the 2017 CSA Standard (Sections 3.13-3.16), CSA allows equivalent training “in the use and application of this Standard.” Participants will receive information regarding the use and application of the CSA Standard, but more importantly, the intent of various IPAC requirements and how to practically apply infection control principles in the real world. ICTG tailors its certification training courses according to the information stakeholders really need to know based on their industry sector and involved roles/responsibilities on HCF projects.

Why is ICTG certification training only one day, and CSA Group’s is two days?

We educate, train and instruct various stakeholder groups in what they really need to know to meet their respective IPAC objectives/goals. Not all standards apply to every type of stakeholder group. As such, each of our 8-hour certification courses are tailored to each stakeholder’s involvement on a given HCF project (i.e. design, construction/renovation, maintenance etc.). Refer to our COURSES page for more information about our specific, tailored certification courses.

04 Training Certificates/Expiry

Does ICTG issue “official, formal” training certificates?

Yes. Participants who achieve 80% (or higher) on the exam will be deemed “certified” and will receive a digital copy of their training certificate.

When does training expire?

ICTG has internally implemented a 3-year expiry date from the course delivery date.

05 Contractual Training Obligations

Does ICTG certification training meet client contract requirements for infection control training?

Yes. The 2017 CSA Standard recommends, in Annex G, various stakeholders to take training as “provided by the CSA Group, or equivalent, in the use and application of this Standard.” This means that the CSA Group cannot restrict training to just CSA Group instructors. ICTG provides “equivalent” infection control training (and certification), as allowed by the 2017 CSA Standard. ICTG has trained several stakeholders (constructors, trades etc.) who have had our certification training accepted by the clients.

What if my client’s contract states that CSA specific infection control training is required?

If your contract specifies a requirement for “CSA infection control training,” then it is a simple matter of applying for a “change order” (or confirming with your client in writing) that ICTG training certification is considered as a qualified, equivalent and acceptable alternative. Many in procurement may be unaware that equivalency, alternate training even exists, which is allowed for under the 2017 version of the CSA Standard.